"This is a simple shot of some domestic houses opposite our house, that happen to be on the River Thames." J J Marshall
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A path along the Thames was among the original list of long-distance routes proposed by the Hobhouse Committee in 1948, and was finally opened as a National Trail in 1996. The path is designated as ‘easy’ walking by the Ramblers’ Association.
The Thames Path follows the length of the river from its source near Kemble in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier at Charlton, London. It is 184 miles long (296 km). All of it can be walked, although the section west of Oxford may flood in winter, and downstream from Teddington where it is tidal, the path may temporarily disappear at high tide.
In 2001, a 10-mile (16-km) extension to the Path was opened, extending it eastwards from the Thames Barrier to Crayford Marshes, and connecting it with the London Loop. It is not officially designated as part of the National Trail.
The first known bridge on the site of Folly Bridge was built in 1085 and Saxon remains can still be seen beneath the present bridge. The current Folly Bridge was built between 1825 and 1827, and is in two parts separated by an island.